5th Global Conference: Visual Literacies (July, 2011: Oxford, United Kingdom

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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

5th Global Conference
Visual Literacies

Friday 8th July 2011 – Sunday 10th July 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding visual literacy in regard to theory and praxis. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of education, visual arts, fine arts, literature, philosophy, psychology, critical theory and theology. These disciplines are indicative only as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and vocation in which visual literacy plays a part.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes;

~ interdisciplinary connections to visual literacy
~ current debates and issues in visual literacy
~ the concept and tools of visual literacy
~ pre-school children and visual literacy
~ visual literacy and childhood development
~ visual literacy and cultural identity
~ interpreting elements and examples of visual literacy
~ visual literacy as therapy
~ the liminal elements and facets of visual literacy
~ social and cultural reactions to visual literacy
~ visual literacy in literature
~ visual literacy in television and film
~ visual literacy and the media
~ visual literacy as a social semiotic
~ teaching visual literacy
~ visual literacy as deformed discourse
~ theology and visual literacy – use and/or abuse
~ teleology and visual literacy
~ the history of visual literacy

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th January 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 27th May 2011.

300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to all Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
E-mails should be entitled: VL5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs
Dr Phil Fitzsimmons
Faculty of Education
University of Woollongong
Email: philfitz@uow.edu.au

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
United Kingdom
Email: vl5@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the 'At the Interface' series of research projects run by ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

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